Nurse Checks Off Bucket List Items With $50,000 Powerball Prize

Baltimore resident plans Mardi Gras trip, tennis lessons after winning big

Angie from Baltimore is a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan, and even though the football season doesn’t start for another few months, she showed up at Maryland Lottery headquarters this week decked out head to toe in purple paraphernalia.

In February, she’ll don even more colorful apparel as she heads to New Orleans for Mardi Gras – her trip funded in part by a $50,000 prize won in the May 7 Powerball drawing.

The Baltimore nurse purchased her lucky ticket on May 5 at Northwood Liquors, located at 1532 Havenwood Road in Baltimore. A couple of days later she left for a cruise, and, upon returning home, battled a cold for a few days. All the while she was completely unaware that she had won $50,000.

“When I went to the store to check the ticket, the guy at the register scanned it and said he needed a stapler,” Angie recalled. “I’m thinking, ‘What does he need a stapler for?’ He printed out the payout ticket and then printed the winning numbers and stapled them together and told me to take them home and check how much I won. I was thinking it was going to be $5,000, but it would be nice if it was more. When I got home, I looked at it and said, ‘Hmmm.’ And then I looked again. And then I looked again. And then I signed it and put it in my purse.”

One of the five lines of numbers on her ticket matched four of the five white balls and the red Power Ball, delivering the largest Lottery prize Angie has ever won. Her largest previous prize was $50. The 72-year-old is a fan of Powerball, Mega Millions, Multi-Match and Cash4Life. She has a few sets of special numbers that she plays, but her winning Powerball numbers came courtesy of a random number generator app that she accessed on her phone.

While she plans to put some money into savings, Angie also has a couple of special plans.

“I’m going to fulfill a couple of things from my bucket list,” she said. “I’m going to go to Mardi Gras. I had been looking at hotels before, but now I’ve booked my room. And I’m going to take tennis lessons.”